MM. LaFleur Bento Box Clothing Subscription Review – June 2018
MM.LaFleur is a high-end women’s clothing company that specializes in fashionable professional pieces that help women feel powerful and polished. You can buy their dresses, separates, jackets, and other work wardrobe essentials on their online store, or you can sign up for one of their Bento Boxes, which include a collection of items curated just for you!
Choose which pieces you like best and return the rest within 4 days for no charge. Shipping and returns are totally free! You’ll only be charged for what you keep, and individual pieces range from $110 to $325.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
About the MM.LaFleur Bento Box Workwear Styling Service
The Subscription Box: MM.LaFleur Bento Box
The Cost: Free! Just pay for what you keep. Individual pieces range from $110-$325.
The Products: High-end women’s workwear, including dresses, pants, blouses, jackets, jewelry, and other professional wardrobe essentials curated to fit your preferences. Sizes include 0P-22W.
Ships to: 50 United States, select US Territories (Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, the US Virgin Islands, Palau, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and American Samoa), and US Military addresses.
MM.LaFleur Bento Box Review
The first step in getting a Bento Box is filling out a survey about my preferences and sizes.
Here’s my invoice for my MM.LaFleur Bento Box. I like that the person who packed my box hand-signed the card!
After the 4-day trial period, I’ll return what pieces I don’t want (and don’t want to be charged for). They include a pre-paid return shipping label to make the process super easy. The clothes come packed inside a zip-shut plastic envelope for safe-keeping and can be returned in the same envelope (and box) to make sure the clothes get back to the company unscathed.
Greta Top in Black, Size Medium – Retail Value $325.00
I loooove this top! Typically I don’t love cap-sleeved cuts, but the bitty shoulders on this top are perfectly flattering. This top is actually made of two pieces—a silky-smooth V-necked camisole (80% cellulose acetate, 18% polyester) and a lacy mesh overlay (65% cotton, 20% viscose, 15% nylon). I really like how this top toes the line between being edgy and sophisticated. I feel like I could wear it to a Friday night networking event over jeans or to a meeting on top of crisp trousers or tucked into a skirt.
Mejia Pant in Black, Size 10 – Retail Value $225.00
Buying jeans is tough enough for me, but buying work pants? Ugh, it’s such an intimidating process. It’s hard to find pants that are tailored, but not tight, comfortable, but still polished… I’m historically bad about it. I was worried that these pants would wind up fitting not-so-well on my curvier bottom half, but I was pleasantly surprised by how great these pants fit! They’re made of 96% wool and 4% elastane, so they’re a bit thicker but surprisingly breathable. The thickness helps them be super flattering, and the smidge of stretch makes them feel extra comfortable. Granted, the pants I usually buy tend to be about half the cost of this well-made pair, but they sure would make a great investment piece.
The Kait Top in Mixed Print/Navy, Size Medium – Retail Value $165.00
I struggle to find workwear that still feels like me. Something that’s a little laid back and modern, but still refined enough to work in the office. This top is just the kind of thing I’d pick for myself. It’s 100% viscose, which means it’s silky, light, and cool to wear. The taupe patterns feel like little pencil scratches—they give this draping blouse a creative vibe that I really like.
Oshima Pant in Black, Size 10 – Retail Value $195.00
I got a second pair of black pants in this box! This (52% cotton, 38% nylon, 10% elastane) style lacks the pockets of the last pair, but they do have a fun ankle cut that I actually find pretty flattering. (TBH, the model on the product page for this site is so tall that these look like cropped pants, but on me, they only go so far as my ankle.) The high waistline is great, too.
Sawyer Top in Sand, Size Medium – Retail Value $45.00
I think this beige tank would make a great under-layer for thinner blouses, but by itself, it doesn’t impress me much otherwise. The color just washes me out. The top is made from 95% cotton and 5% spandex so it’s very breathable and comfy, though! Untucked, it goes down to about my hips, so it’s ideal for tucking into skirts and pants.
Lenox Skirt, Silk, in Royal Navy, Size 8 – Retail Value $465.00
This (95% Silk, 5% Lycra) skirt is a stunner! I love the bright cobalt blue color and the swooping, pleated drape around the front. There’s a zipper up the back and a smooth lining on the inside. I can dress it down for work (maybe with a white button-up shirt and a navy blazer) but that flirty slit in the front makes it seem like something I should wear to a party or special event.
Noho Skirt in Crackle, Size 8 – Retail Value $165.00
I wasn’t sold on how this pencil skirt looked on me. I like the flattering thickness of the 76% cotton, 22% nylon, 2% elastane outer fabric, but I don’t think the silhouette is quite right for my body shape. I do think the tweed-ish pattern is pretty unique. From far away it almost looks like snakeskin, don’t you think?
Rachel Dress in Chevron Stripe Fig, Size 10 – Retail Value $240.00
I love the color of this dress, but something about it felt a bit matronly on me. Probably because of the thickness of the 49% viscose, 45% polyester, 6% elastane fabric and the broadness of the V-neckline. The color and pattern, however, is gorgeous. I love how it’s kind of a purpley gray. The length is nice on me, too. It hits right above my knee.
Lydia Dress in Cinder, Size 10 – Retail Value $195.00
This was one of the less expensive pieces in the box, but it might be my favorite pick of all! The heathered charcoal color is just my style—it could work for the office, a fancy dinner, a networking event… Whatever I might need. I love the simple detail of the twisted shoulders. The shape is pretty flattering, too. I like that the skirt hugs my hips but then shoots straight down, rather than pointing in. The material is 65% viscose, 30% nylon, 5% elastane, so it’s got just a bit of stretch and doesn’t feel too stuffy for being a slightly thicker sheath dress.
Felisa Dress in Rainforest, Size 8 – Retail Value $195.00
I love the color of this (polyester, 7% spandex) dress! The cap sleeves are a little precious for my style, but I love the wrap shape. I think it’s super flattering. The belt also helps create a waistline, which is a look I really love.
Five Stone Necklace in White Gold – Retail Value $325.00
There’s also a necklace in the box! It’s just enough sparkle to spice up a work outfit. The necklace is made with 14K white gold and measures 18″ long. It’s the kind of thing that would easily work in a myriad of outfits.
The Verdict: Full disclosure, I don’t buy enough higher-end clothing to know whether these pieces hold up to their higher price tags. But as someone who usually only spends around $100 on real investment pieces (like blazers and pants for work), I can say that I think the quality of these items are impressive. They’re extremely comfortable and seem beautifully constructed. I do wish more pieces weren’t dry clean only, just for convenience sake, but I also feel like at this price point, dry cleaning is par for the course. Sure, not everything in the box was a winner (some of the silhouettes and fits weren’t quite my style or right for my body). Still, I feel like I’d return to MM.LaFleur in the future based on the quality I experienced. I love that the box is free to get and to return, too. If you’re someone with zero time to spend looking for work clothes (or if shopping isn’t your thing), this service could be really handy!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Every Bento Box is different, so what you get might be different than what I received! All of the products above are currently available on the MM.LaFleur site shop!
Value Breakdown: This box was free to receive and return. There’s no discount associated with getting the items via the box, so to buy everything would cost me $2,345.00.
What do you think of MM.LaFleur? Would you use this service to shop?